Christopher Rowan

Christopher Rowan

Assistant Professor (NTT)
Office Location:
Room 337 McGilvrey Hall
Office Hours:
Monday 9:30 - 11:30 am; Tuesday and Thursday 10:45 am - 12:15 pm.
Contact Information


I use paleomagnetic and rock magnetic techniques to investigate a wide variety of geological problems, including distributed deformation at collisional plate boundaries (e.g. Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand), paleogeographic reconstructions (Neoproterozoic of Oman), and past behaviour of the Earth's magnetic field (Archean Pongola Supergroup, S Africa). My current work aims to use magnetic fabrics to measure paleostrain and map ancient deformation fields. I am particularly interested in interactions between the deep mantle and surface tectonics, such as how the migration and spreading behaviour of the East Pacific Rise seems to be linked to a long-lived upwelling from the core mantle boundary.



Ph.D. Geology, University of Southampton, UK 2006, M.S. & M. A. University of Cambridge, UK 2001


Geophysics, Global Tectonics, Paleomagnetism


  • Roberts, A.P., et al., 2018. Signaturesof reductive magnetic mineral diagenesis from unmixing of first-order reversal curves. JGR, Vol. 123, B015706
  • Rowley, D.B., and Rowan C.J., 2017. Preserved History of Global Mean Spreading Rate: 83 Ma to Present. Geophys. J. Int. Vol 208, p1173-1183
  • Rowley, D.B., et al., 2016. Kinematics and dynamics of the East Pacific Rise linked to a stable, deep-mantle upwelling. Science Advances, Vol. 2, e1601107
  • Rowan, C.J., and Rowley, D.B., 2014. Spreading behaviour of the Pacific-Farallon ridge system since 83 Ma. Geophys. J. Int., Vol. 197, p1273-1283.
  • Roberts, A.P., et al., 2011. Magnetic properties of sedimentary greigite (Fe3S4): an update. Reviews of Geophysics, Vol. 49, RG1002
  • Rowan, C.J. et al., 2009. Reductive diagenesis, magnetite dissolution, greigite growth and paleomagnetic smoothing in marine sediments: A new view. EPSL, Vol. 227, 223-235
  • Chang, L. et al., 2009. Low-temperature magnetic properties of greigite (Fe3S4). Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., Vol. 10, Q01Y04.
  • Rowan, C.J., and Roberts, A.P., 2008. Widespread remagnetizations and a new view of Neogene tectonic rotations within the Australia-Pacific plate boundary zone, New Zealand. JGR, Vol.113, B03103
  • Chang, L., et al., 2007. Magnetic characteristics of synthetic pseudo-single-domain and multi-domain greigite (Fe3S4). GRL, Vol. 34, L24304
  • Roberts, A.P., et al., 2007, High-resolution evidence for dynamic transitional geomagnetic field behaviour from a Miocene reversal, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Earth Planets Space, Vol. 59, p815-824